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Average Salaries

If you're wondering whether a college Art degree is worth the investment, here are average wages from 2009, based on US Census Bureau data for individuals with Bachelor's degrees.

Major

Average Annual Wages

Art History and Criticism

$50K

Arts Management

$50K

Film, Video, and Photographic Arts

$46K

Commercial Arts and Graphic Design Fine Arts

$45K

Art Education

$42K

Studio Arts, Visual Arts (general)

$40K


Additionally, whether working in the arts or not, students who earned college-level Art degrees reported very high satisfaction with their college experience. 

Source: "What's It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors" from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. Review and summary article published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, "What Are You Going to Do With That?" by Beckie Supiano.